About the One Billion Trees Programme
Why, what, and how we'll plant a billion trees by 2028. Find out about the programme and what funding and grants are available.
23 December 2020 – Funding application update
We cannot accept any more One Billion Trees applications. The number of applications in progress will exceed the limit of the fund if approved.
If you have applied for funding, we will contact you to discuss your application by the end of January 2021.
Existing signed contracts will progress as scheduled.
On this page:
- One billion trees by 2028
- The tree planting mission
- Right tree, right place, right purpose
- How funding and grants will help us reach goals
- Jobs for Nature
The Government has developed the One Billion Trees Programme to increase tree planting across New Zealand. The goal is to double the current planting rate to reach one billion trees planted by 2028.
The programme has the potential to deliver huge benefits for our environment, our people, our communities, and our economy.
The focus is on making it easier to plant the right tree, in the right place, for the right purpose.
We want to see trees integrated into the landscape to complement and diversify our existing land uses, rather than see large-scale land conversion to forestry. We want to see innovative ideas, research, and sector development that will improve the way we plant and grow trees.
To transform New Zealand's forests in a way that improves our environment, social outcomes for our people, and economic performance in our regions.
We'll do this by:
- protecting and improving our soil, water quality, and other natural resources
- helping New Zealand meet its international climate change commitments
- increasing biodiversity and enhancing natural landscapes
- providing opportunities for Māori to maximise the potential of their land and resources
- providing employment and training opportunities
- building sustainable regional economic growth
- supporting tourism and infrastructure development.
Toitū te ngahere, toitū te whenua, toitū te tangata.
— If we look after the forest, if we look after the land, the land will look after us.
The One Billion Trees Programme isn't just about numbers. We want to make sure the right trees are planted in the right places for the right purpose.
We want to encourage both permanent and plantation forests made up of exotic and native tree species. The programme encourages the planting of native species to improve biodiversity.
We want to see trees integrated into the landscape to complement and diversify our existing land uses, rather than see large-scale land conversion to forestry. We also want the trees planted to be suitable for the site and their intended use. To do this we need to align tree planting with local land-use and planting priorities and strategies.
We want to make sure tree planting is well planned and considers the long-term maintenance and end-use of the trees. Commercial viability for production forests and protection for permanent forests should be thought through before planting. We also want to make sure plantings take local social, environmental, cultural, and economic priorities into account.
Our aim is to plant one billion trees by 2028.
At current rates, we estimate commercial foresters will plant 500 million trees over the period.
We’re offering incentives for you to get involved in planting the other 500 million trees – the right trees in the right places for the right purposes.
There's $240 million in funding available from the One Billion Trees Fund for landowners, organisations, and community groups to plant trees and improve the way we grow and plant trees.
Crown Forestry joint ventures
Crown Forestry is also helping to achieve the one billion trees goal through commercial joint ventures with landowners to plant commercial radiata pine on their properties.
We have allocated $35 million from the One Billion Trees Fund for large-scale planting and catchment initiatives. This funding will provide jobs in communities for the $1.3 billion Jobs for Nature programme.
The One Billion Trees Programme will support recovery from the economic impacts of COVID-19. This is through targeted investment in tree planting and forest sector partnerships that:
- create jobs
- support economic recovery
- deliver environmental benefits.
We are working with other government agencies to identify and progress projects that will:
- provide employment such as environmental planting at scale
- support economic growth such as high-value exotic and native plantations.
The Ministry for the Environment website has more information about large-scale planting.
Decision papers and reports about the programme
One Billion Trees Programme: Cabinet paper [PDF, 5.4 MB]
Minute of Cabinet decision [PDF, 1.4 MB]